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Donington

Donington Park National Circuit, Derby, Great-Britain

Date: 19/8/1979
Track length: 3.149 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters:
Finishers:

Pole position: Walkinshaw
Fastest lap: Walkinshaw in 1.23,06 = 136,52 kmh

Distance: 25 laps
Average speed: 134,19 kmh
Weather:
Ruleset: Group 1B
Car info: 1979 Cars

 

The front row powered away as one, Craft cheekily trying to make it four abreast, but the Mazda of Walkinshaw had the inside advantage. Woodman slotted into second, ahead of Graham, Muir, Craft, Allam, Spice, Greenslade and the rest.
As the Capris sorted themselves out the fleet Pentax RX7 was able to prize open a slight gap, and by the end of the first lap Walkinshaw was very much in command.
Walkinshaw continued to lead comfortably from Woodman and Graham, until the latter made a quick pit stop on lap eight, which dropped him to seventh overall behind Greenslade, who had been driving a steady race. Ahead of Greenslade now were Blackburn, who had passed him a few laps earlier after making a tardy start, Muir, Craft and the leaders. Graham also got ahead of the Triplex Dolly a lap later, and started charging through the remaining Capris. By lap twelve he was in fourth place, a position in which he was destined to finish.
Craft had a very lonely race to third place; up front, although Woodman was able to keep the class record breaking Mazda very much in sight, it was the day of the Japanese car. Gordon Spice, whom we are more accustomed to seeing in the premier position, made a storming recovery to fifth, behind Graham. Muir and Blackburn finished sixth and seventh, Greenslade eighth, almost lapped by the flying class leader. Tenth was Richard Lloyd, who had no real opposition from Percy's off-form Toyota, Alan Curnow took the Mini battle after another good tussle with Richard Longman.

(based on Motoring News)


Touring Cars class A-D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1   TWR Pentax
Mazda RX-7
Tom Walkinshaw, GB
2 x 573 R2 C 25 laps, 35.12,81 1   1.23,06  
2 1   Esso Uniflo
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Vince Woodman, GB
2993 V6 D 25 laps, 35.16,16 3   1.23,13  
3 2   Gordon Spice Racing
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Chris Craft, GB
2993 V6 D 25 5      
4 3   Fabergé Racing Lee Jeans
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Stuart Graham, GB
2993 V6 D 25 2     Pi stop
5 4   Gordon Spice Racing
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Gordon Spice, GB
2993 V6 D 25 6      
6 5   Browne & Day
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Brian Muir, AUS
2993 V6 D 25 4      
7 6   Voxson Car Sound Systems
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Holman “Les” Blackburn, GB
2993 V6 D 25 8      
8 2   Team Triplex with Esso and Motor
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Rex Greenslade, GB
1998 L4 C 25 9      
9 3    
Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
2279 L4 C   11      
10 1   The Akai Golf
VW Golf GTI
Richard Lloyd, GB
1588 L4 B 24 laps, 35.34,93 (1)   1.26,96  
  4    
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Roger Saunders, GB
1998 L4 C 24        
  2   Team Toyota Hughes of Beaconsfield
Toyota Celica GT
Win Percy, GB
1588 L4 B 24        
  3    
Chrysler Avenger
Terry Watts, GB
1594 L4 B 24        
  4    
VW Scirocco GTI
John Morris, GB
1588 L4 B 24        
  5    
VW Golf GTI
Louis Parsons, GB
1588 L4 B          
  1   Datapost
Mini 1275 GT
Alan Curnow, GB
1275 L4 A 24 laps, 36.32,00 (2)      
  2   Patrick Motorsport
Mini 1275 GT
Richard Longman, GB
1275 L4 A   (1)      
  3    
Mini 1275 GT
Tom Pitcher, GB
1275 L4 A          
  4    
Mini 1275 GT
Jon Mowatt, GB
1275 L4 A          
  5   Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Jon Dooley, GB
1286 B4 A          
  6    
Talbot Avenger 1300 GT
John Spiller, GB
1295 L4 A          
  5   Stratstone
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Tim Goss, GB
1998 L4 C 24        
       
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Tony Strawson, GB
1998 L4 C 24        
DNF     Allam Motor Services racing with BP
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Jeff Allam, GB
2993 V6 D   7     Water hose
DNF      
Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300
Barrie Williams, GB
2279 L4 C   10      
DNF     Team Triplex with Esso and Motor
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Chuck Nicholson, GB
1998 L4 C   12